Are you the kind of person who loves to give the people in your life gifts more than just about anything else? I’m like that as well, but I always find it a little more satisfying when I’ve made as much of the gift and its wrapping or presentation myself as possible. Practicing my wrapping and card making techniques is something I try to do as often as possible, but lately I’ve been feeling especially enthusiastic about the idea of making simple but adorable gift tags for the gifts that we give! That’s how I found myself coming up with the idea and steps for these cheerful heart-shaped pocketed gift tags that I made last week. What better way to show someone you love that you really put a lot of thought and care into the gift you’re about to give them than to make a custom heart element to top it off with?
I’ve always loved it when other people outline the process for making their latest projects in little tutorials that I can follow along with, so I figured I’d might as well return the favour! Check out these step by step instructions complete with photos! If you’d rather follow along with a video tutorial instead of written words, scroll to the bottom of this post to find just what you’re looking for.
For this project, you’ll need:
- Paper (blue, red, pink,and multi-coloured)
- A glue stick
- A pencil
- Red ribbon
- Curved nail scissors
- Washi tape
Gather your materials!
Make your heart tag, which is the piece you’ll actually write your message on later! This is also the piece that you’ll slot into the pocket when you’re finished. Choose three kinds of patterned or coloured paper; I chose red, pink, and heart printed! On each one, draw the shape of a heart. The trick here, however, is that you want to draw three hearts of three different sizes so that you can nest them one on top of each other in descending order, letting the edges of the bigger ones show all the way around the smaller one glued to its front. Draw a big heart, a medium heart, and a small heart and cut all of them out. Then glue them together, sticking medium one down in the centre of the big one and the small one down in the centre of the medium one.
Cut a rectangle about two inches by three inches long from your blue paper. Turn it on your tabletop so its short edges are at the top and bottom and its long edges are on either side. Fold the bottom edge upwards and in towards the centre of the rectangle about half an inch and crease the paper so it stays folded. Make a fold of the same size inwards from either side, bringing the long edges towards the middle by half an inch and creasing the paper there. At the top, where you haven’t made any folds cut the two straight corners off (cutting right through the side folds) on a diagonal angle, creating a pointed top like a triangle or the closing flap of an envelope. Then open the sides and bottom and make small diagonal cuts to take the corners off there as well, always angling your scissors outwards. You’ll see that, when you re-fold the pieces, you’ve solved the way the corners make a bulky overlap. Now poke a hole in the middle top of your blue envelope, near the pointed tip, using the ends of your scissors.